Rockies Minor Leaguer Welker Gets 80-Game Drug Suspension

Highly promoted Colorado Rockies minor league 3rd baseman Colton Welker was suspended 80 games by the commissioner’s office Thursday after checking positive for a performance-enhancing substance. The 23-year-old Welker, prepared in 2016 out of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, is currently on the lineup for Triple-A Albuquerque. His suspension enters into prompt result as well as will certainly be without pay.

The material he checked positive for was Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (DHCMT), which is in infraction of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and also Treatment Program.

In a declaration, Welker claimed: “I intend to make it very clear that I have never ever willingly neither purposefully ingested any kind of substance to boost my sports efficiency. Given the information given to me by the gamers’ organization and also research laboratory, the quantity detected was so minimal that it would certainly have no result on boosting my performance.”

GLENDALE, ARIZONA– MARCH 07: Colton Welker # 79 of the Colorado Rockies bats versus the Chicago White Sox on March 7, 2021 at Camelback Ranch in Glendale Arizona

” I understand that a number of other gamers, like me, have actually examined favorable for this metabolite at tiny levels, and also I intend to join them in looking for responses as to exactly how this is taking place in order to remove my name,” he claimed.

The Rockies stated in a declaration the organization was “dissatisfied” to reveal the suspension as well as believes that “Colton will certainly learn from this experience.”

Welker was in the going to take over at 3rd for Nolan Arenado after the eight-time Gold Glove champion was traded to St. Louis in the offseason.

A fourth-round draft pick, Welker is a. 313 profession player at 4 minor league levels with 34 homers and 204 RBIs. He’s played mostly 3rd base, however has some looks at first.

This spring, Welker attributed his success with a leaner appearance. He said he dropped concerning 10 pounds from the year before by removing carbohydrates and also blending in even more vegetables.

As a shortstop growing up, Welker helped lead Marjory Stoneman Douglas High to the state title in 2016. It was a moment of tremendous pride for the community, which much less than two years later on was ruined by the carnage of 17 students, teachers as well as personnel at that very same college. Welker regularly works out with Stoneman Douglas gamers in the offseason.

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